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BACKGROUND The survival benefit and morbidity after nodal dissection for gastric cancer remains controversial. We aimed to do a single-institution randomised trial to compare D1 (ie, level 1) lymphadenectomy with that of D3 (ie, levels 1, 2, and 3) dissection for gastric cancer in terms of overall survival and disease-free survival. METHODS From Oct 7,(More)
Gastric carcinoma is one of the most common types of cancer in Taiwan. Somatic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) alteration in gastric carcinoma and its association with clinicopathologic features remain unclear. When we used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct sequencing, 15 of the 31 (48%) gastric carcinomas displayed somatic mutations in the D-loop(More)
Members of the suppressor of cytokine-induced signaling (SOCS) family are negative regulators of cytokine signaling pathways. By mRNA differential display, we showed that SOCS6 was frequently down-regulated in gastric cancer (GC). Our data showed that allelic loss and promoter hypermethylation may account for the major mechanisms leading to SOCS6(More)
Myosin VI moves toward the pointed (minus) end of actin filaments, the reverse direction of other myosin classes. The myosin VI structure demonstrates that a unique insert at the end of the motor repositions its lever arm and is at least in part responsible for the reversal of directionality. However, it has been proposed that there must be additional(More)
PURPOSE Persistent interleukin-8 (IL-8) production contributes to chronic inflammation of the stomach. The proinflammatory IL-1beta polymorphisms, which enhance the cytokine production, are associated with increased risk of gastric cancer. The -251A/T polymorphism of the IL-8 promoter is involved in several human diseases. Particularly, the -251A is(More)
BACKGROUND Minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic gastrectomy, has become more popular in the treatment of gastric cancer. However, few studies have compared the learning curves between laparoscopic and robotic gastrectomy for gastric cancer. METHODS Data were prospectively collected between July 2008 and Aug 2014. A total of 145(More)
We correlated serial brain MRIs with neuropathological findings in a 16-year-old female whose autopsy was consistent with Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE). Diffusion-weighted imaging, diffusion coefficients mapping and neuropathology findings were suggested vasogenic edema in the periaqueductal and peri-the-fourth ventricular areas. This is the first(More)
BACKGROUND The AJCC 7th edition changes the classification of T- and N-factors and the TNM stage of gastric cancer. We evaluated its prognostic impact. METHODS From December 1987 to December 2006, a total of 1,380 patients underwent curative surgery for gastric cancer at the Department of Surgery, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, with a retrieved lymph(More)
Neural stem cells (NSCs) play essential roles in nervous system development and postnatal neuroregeneration and their deregulation underlies the development of neurodegenerative disorders. Yet how NSC proliferation and differentiation are controlled is not fully understood. Here we present evidence that tumor suppressor p53 regulates NSC proliferation and(More)
The investigation of prognostic factor for gastric cancer is still desirable because of dismal prognosis in gastric cancer. Lauren’s classification is currently a useful histological classification. There are few large series evaluating the prognostic significance of Lauren’s classification in gastric cancer. From January 1987 to December 2013, a total of(More)